Schools across the district celebrate Black History Month, Read Your Heart Out Day
Throughout the month of February, our schools have been celebrating Black History Month. Many of our schools also took part in Read Your Heart Out Day, also known as National African American Parent Involvement Day. We invite you to check out some of the photos from around the district.
Tentative 2017-18 school year calendar now available
The tentative 2017-18 school year calendar is now available in English and Spanish at mmsd.org/calendar. The Hmong version will be available soon.
This calendar lists only the major school breaks during the year. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. The full calendar will be released in the coming months.
Seeking public input on budget development
We invite you to provide input via our website on our priorities, efficiencies and other issues as we continue the budget development process. You can find updates on our process, give your feedback, read about Governor Walker's state budget proposal and find contact information for legislators and members of the Joint Finance Committee at https://budget.madison.k12.wi.us/budget-2017-18
Are you interested in helping students? Volunteer to interview students about their aspirations
We are looking for volunteers to interview 7th through 10th grade students about their identity, goals, plans and future aspirations. The purpose of these interviews is to give students an opportunity to share with an adult what they have learned about themselves and their growth and share their future plans as part of the Academic and Career Planning process. As a volunteer, you will provide students feedback during the interview and on a feedback form.
There are several events and MMSD school locations to choose from. After you indicate your interest and availability in one or more of these events, a school-based coordinator will contact you to provide you more details and specific instructions about the event. Thank you for supporting our students in their journey to become who and what they want to be!
To select the events you would like to participate in, please complete this Google Form: goo.gl/b3EF0C.
If you have questions, email Academic and Career Planning Coordinator Julia Steege-Reimann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet options are available for Madison families
The City of Madison is implementing a program to provide four neighborhoods with low-cost internet access. If you are outside of these four neighborhoods and are interested and eligible for low-cost internet service, here are two program options:
Our school district is transforming learning through the access of digital devices. To learn more about the district’s technology plan Ignite, visit www.mmsd.org/ignite.
Elementary school students celebrate 100th day of school
Elementary schools across the district celebrated the 100th day of school on February 9. The milestone day was the perfect time to have fun with the number 100 while exploring math skills and concepts.
School Spotlight: Toki students ignite their learning with new Chromebooks
Students at Toki Middle School recently received their new Chromebooks. Toki was one of nine Madison schools to roll out digital devices earlier this month. Equipping students with the devices is part of Ignite, the district’s Technology Plan. Ignite is part of a larger shift that aims to give students more choice in how they learn and express ideas, let students accelerate at their own pace, increase access to information and teach vital digital literacy skills.
Toki Library Media Technology Specialist Mr. Hillmer said the students have been using digital devices for a while, but now they have their own. “One of the awesome things about students having their own device is that they don’t have to wait to be able to use the device. In the past we’ve only had limited number of devices. Teachers would have to plan their curriculum so that they could have devices when they were available,” said Hillmer.
Students can now access information on the web, create and publish content anytime they wish, Hillmer said, adding that Toki is working with the Madison Public Library to create a makerspace program. Makerspaces allow students to work in a more open, collaborative learning environment.
Physical Education teacher Mrs. Anderson said the Chromebooks will allow students in her class to video analyze themselves during an activity, watch examples of other people doing activities, see how games are played and see proper form in exercises. Mrs. Anderson also said the devices will allow students to catch up on work if they missed a day.
Other Madison schools that received digital devices this month were Allis, Franklin, Lapham and Lindbergh Elementary Schools; Blackhawk, Cherokee and Sherman Middle Schools and 9th grade students at La Follette High School.
School Spotlight: Literacy Day at Hamilton
On Monday, February 13, 6th grade students at Hamilton Middle School participated in a morning of literacy-based activities to reinforce their love of literacy while having fun. They played literacy based games, such as Scattergories and Boggle, silently read books of their choosing, wrote letters to special people in their lives and had the honor of being read to by community members such as Police Chief Koval, Superintendent Cheatham and Badger athletes. They enjoyed popcorn and juice donated by HyVee.
School Spotlight: Snacks fuel learning at Gompers and Black Hawk
On Tuesday, February 14, students at Gompers Elementary and Black Hawk Middle Schools received a delivery of more than 42,000 snacks. Snacks help refuel students throughout the day so they can stay focused on learning.
Great Lakes employees purchased the healthy snacks during a week-long “Great Lakes Gives” drive to benefit Gompers and Black Hawk, the company’s adopted schools through the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools. Over the past four years, Great Lakes has donated more than 150,000 snacks to feed Gompers and Black Hawk students. Thank you, Great Lakes and the Foundation for your support of our students and schools!
Madison students’ artwork on display at local museum
Artwork from students across the district is on display right now at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA). Every two years, Young at Art presents the work of Madison students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. The exhibition is a collaboration between MMoCA and the district’s Arts Education Department.
Madison schools’ art teachers are invited to submit up to three works of art for the exhibition, including individual art and group projects. The exhibition showcases a variety of art, from drawing, painting and collage to photography, metals, ceramic, fiber and new media arts.
Young at Art calls attention to children’s creative potential and to the scope and variety of individual expression. The exhibition also highlights the high caliber of art instruction in Madison’s public schools.
The exhibition is open now until April 23. A reception will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the MMoCA atrium and gallery. East High School’s Jazz Orchestra will be performing.
Save the date: MSCR to host free family festival in March
Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) is holding its annual free Family Festival & Resource Fair on March 10 at East High School. The evening’s theme is “Be the Best You” and will feature youth performances, dinner, community resource booths, a fun photo booth, MSCR Fit Van, MSCR Art Cart, rock climbing wall, MSCR fitness demos, facepainting, hands-on family activity booths, music from DJ Mirah, a book giveaway and raffle prizes. We hope to see you at this free event!
Join the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools for a night at the Madison Capitols
If you like hockey, here’s your chance to watch a game and support Madison schools at the same time. On Saturday, March 11, the Madison Capitols take on the Tri-City Storm. Tickets are $16 and a portion of each ticket benefits the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison. Click here to purchase tickets. If you receive an error message, please type "FMPS" into the group code box.
The Madison Capitols' Community Outreach Nights help support and promote local non-profits. Proceeds from the event will support the Foundation's work in enhancing educational opportunities for all Madison public school students.